I am actually the worst with completing a series. Honestly, the actual worst. I don’t even know how many I never got around to finishing…
Off the top of my head, I’ve read the first 1-3 books of these series but never finished the whole saga of:
- Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
- Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
- Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
- Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
- The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
- Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
You see, my problem isn’t that I never get my hands on the complete series. Funnily enough, a lot of these series are all in my possession. I own every single book in a lot of them (like Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments, Fallen, Lux, etc.). But I’ve just never gotten around to actually reading them.
Why? Because I’m forced to wait too long. I read the book when it first comes out – like Throne of Glass and Cinder – and then I’m stuck waiting for the next book for what feels like 5 million years. And then when the next book finally comes out, I’ve already forgotten everything that happened in the first book. Then I have to reread the first book in order to read the second book. And the cycle continues with each subsequent book that’s released in the series. And I’m just so ridiculously unmotivated to go through that. So I’ve found that it’s a whole lot easier to just binge them all when the series is complete – but bingeing a series also takes a lot of motivation. So I have to pick the lesser of two evils. Which usually means I just give up and only read the first few books. Oops.
I’ve found that the best luck I have with finishing a series is when they’re standalone novels, like the Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry or the Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack. The novels are only loosely connected, really just including the same cast of characters. The minor characters from previous books star in the later books. So you can read the later books in the series without needing to remember the first book(s).
As for novellas in a series/universe – I’m just not big on novellas. Even for a series that I’m a fierce fan of (like the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth), I’m not a huge novella person. I’ve read Divergent at least 10 times. It’s one of my favorite books. And I preordered Four and got it right when it came out. But I’ve still never gotten around to actually reading those novellas/short stories. They just don’t really capture my attention.
But it really does depend on the series. I know I’d love the rest of the books if I just got around to reading them! And maybe I’d love them enough to devour the entire universe, novellas and all. I’ll just have to see… when I finally get around to bingeing the series, that is.
What about you? Are you a series-completist? Do you love novellas? Share in the comments!
With lots of bookish love,